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Opening Night Gala featuring Female Figures 2019 - to boldly go… (15*)

London International Animation Festival 2019

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Join us for the opening event of LIAF 2019 celebrating Female Figures and women making science fiction inspired, animated shorts

As accessible as the genre is, Sci-Fi is still viewed to be a ‘male’ genre. There are however many women artists who are as equally excited by the potential of scientific and technological innovation, and moreover, as artists excel at using technology in the creation of their work.

The programme is curated by Abigail Addison at Animate Projects, who will lead a post-screening conversation with featured animators Katerina Athanasopoulou, Flóra Anna Buda, and Chiara Sgatti, plus experimental animation academic Lilly Husbands.

Slug Life
A day in the life of Tanya, a curious woman who has developed a taste for a beautiful giant slug. 
UK 2018 Dir Sophie Koko Gate 7min

Desire Line
When a tragedy occurs one Valentine’s Day, we turn to a bot for answers.
UK 2018 Dir Ruini Shi 7min

Two grieving friends, a subway ride, a funeral and a skin suit.
USA 2016 Dir Danna Grace (Dan G) Windsor 6min

The Thing I Left Behind
A former baseball player, forced to quit her career due to multiple sclerosis, is taken care of by a robot and a smart house. 
UK 2018 Dir Chiara Sgatti 8min

Burn Out
A space mechanic on a desert planet meets a little girl. The strange encounter reminds her of the dreams she has left behind.
France 2017 Dir Cécile Carre 4min

A bleak, monotone city is brought to life by the appearance of some floating, liquid orbs, soaring towards the skies.
Denmark 2017 Dir Laura Højberg Kunov 4min

The Law of Celly
In the future, jobless people will become their own entrepreneurs because they have to market their spare time.
Germany 2011 Dir Mariola Brillowska 4min

Ursa Minor
A girl raised in a religious group finds out the truth about religion while following the bear.
UK 2018 Dir Yearin Lee 8min

A toxic cloud leads a middle class family to evacuation. Inspired by Don DeLillo’s novel ‘White Noise’.
US 2015 Dir Patricia Luna 6min

On a weird planet, dogs live as they please, although they must contend with their surreal and occasionally belligerent surroundings.
Germany 2017 Dir Sophia Schönborn 6min

Three parallel universes, three girls living in different circumstances. A glitch in the system causes the universes to collapse. 
Hungary 2018 Dir Flóra Anna Buda 10min

Her Voice
“Most grandmothers read fairytales to their grandchildren. Mine put me to bed with stories about unidentified audio events and facts about auditory perception.” 
UK 2019 Dir Katerina Athanasopoulou and Eleni Ikoniadou 6min

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